Bonsai Legacy Society
La Jolla Institute for Immunology's (LJI's) Bonsai Legacy Society recognizes the visionary donors who have made arrangements to support LJI through planned gifts. It is named in honor of a legacy gift of a bonsai tree from the family of Frank J. Dixon, M.D., who made important contributions to the field of immunology and as LJI's first Chairman of the Board of Directors. A bonsai is seen as a living, growing entity that brings joy and a sense of accomplishment to your life; and it will likely outlive you and continue to bring joy to others. LJI's Bonsai Legacy Society is named in honor of this gift and the family that gave it, as both are represented in the visionary and generous act of leaving a legacy gift to LJI.
We are pleased and honored to thank the members of La Jolla Institute for Immunology's Bonsai Legacy Society, who have chosen to invest in the future of research and Life Without Disease:
Estate of Kim Ash*
B. Jack and Dorie DeFranco
Frank J.* and Marion* Dixon
James B. Isaacs, Jr.
Jaime z"l and Sylvia Liwerant
John and Susan Major
Judith L. Bradley and David L. Mitchell
The Roberto Family Trust*
Nancy L. Vaughan
Make Life Without Disease part of your legacy!
You can download our Bonsai Legacy Society Membership Form to let us know that LJI is in your estate plans and to join the Bonsai Legacy Society. Please download, print, complete and email to Clare Grotting at [email protected] or mail to:
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
ATTN: Clare Grotting
9420 Athena Circle
La Jolla, CA 92037
Bonsai Legacy Society FAQs
- How does one become a member of the Bonsai Legacy Society?
Bonsai Legacy Society members have named LJI as a charitable beneficiary of one of the following:
- Will or living trust
- Charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust
- Qualified retirement plan
- Life insurance policy
- Is there a minimum gift amount that qualifies one for membership in the Bonsai Legacy Society?
No. Planned gifts in any amount are deeply appreciated and qualify for membership.
- What benefits are associated with membership in the Bonsai Legacy Society?
Members of the Bonsai Legacy Society enjoy a variety of benefits, including:
- Invitation to annual exclusive event for Vanguard and Legacy Society members
- Invitations to various private events throughout the year
- Breaking research updates from labs at LJI
- Special recognition at events and in Institute materials
- An appreciation gift from LJI
- What language should I use to leave LJI a bequest in my will or trust?
"I [name], of [address], hereby give, devise, and bequeath to La Jolla Institute for Immunology, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
Federal Tax ID #33-0328688 [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] to further the objectives of the Institute."
- Why is it called the Bonsai Legacy Society?
There is a special space set aside at LJI, where our beloved olive bonsai lives. It was a gift from the family of Frank J. Dixon, M.D., to commemorate his outsized contributions to the field of immunology and LJI, on our Board of Directors.
The bonsai art form has been practiced in Chinese and Japanese cultures for many centuries. A bonsai tree is seen as a living, growing entity that brings joy and a sense of accomplishment to your life; and it will likely outlive you and continue to bring joy to others. Bonsais symbolize wealth and abundance, harmony and balance.
LJI's Bonsai Legacy Society is named in honor of this gift and the family that gave it, as both are represented in the visionary and generous act of leaving a legacy gift to LJI.